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An Introduction to Petaluma, California

Petaluma, California is home to Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services. Our campus is located in a beautiful neighborhood of rolling hills and pastureland just a short drive from the small shop-filled downtown. A variety of nearby hotels give parents options when staying nearby as they visit their child during treatment and participate in family therapy.

Situated just 37 miles north of San Francisco, Petaluma is a beautiful and historic city that is home to about 55,000. As a part of California’s Napa Valley region, Petaluma enjoys beautiful weather for most of the year and a population that prioritizes culture and community. The city is home to a quaint, walkable downtown that is built on the banks of the Petaluma River. The city’s plentiful shops, restaurants, and cafes feature the local produce for which this region is known.

Petaluma is an ideal place for teens and families to find safety, quiet, and support.

Petaluma is a city that values community, art, culture, and health living. From its vibrant downtown to its quaint neighborhoods and rolling farmland, Petaluma is populated by and oriented towards families. Muir Wood families can feel confident that their teen is receiving care in a safe, well-resourced community that also affords privacy, natural beauty, and access to many activities.

Historic Charm

While home to more than 55,000 people, Petaluma offers the quaint charm of a small town.

Once known as “The World’s Egg Basket”, Petaluma honors its rich agricultural history while affording residents access to world-class dining, culture, and services.

Local Agriculture & Excellent Dining

Petaluma’s lush soil and agreeable climate make it an ideal location for olive groves and dairy and vegetable farms. Award-winning cheeses and produce are the driving force for Petaluma’s thriving food scene. The many farms and gardens of Petaluma also provide a tranquil setting in which to heal, learn, and grow. The Muir Wood Skillman campus is situated next to horse and dairy farms.

Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds

Supporting California’s agricultural heritage…

The Sonoma-Marin Fair promotes local agriculture and honors the talents of the residents of California, including the youth, seniors, and heroes of Sonoma and Marin counties. Here you will discover music, livestock, food, entertainment, and local artisans.

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze

Enjoy farm animals and weekend food vendors.

Learning to appreciate nature and healthy outdoor activities is important to recovery and well-being. Petaluma offers many ways for young people and families to enjoy themselves in natural surroundings.

Helen Putnam Regional Park

Hiking and scenic beauty.

This park features six miles with trails that go through oak woodlands and grassy hillsides. As you explore the trails, you will find panoramic views of the nearby city along with picturesque views of the countryside. Muir Wood clients take hikes in the surrounding natural beauty.

Arts and Entertainment

Petaluma values art and culture. Its Art Center, galleries, and exhibition spaces bring a wide range of cultural and artistic expression to the area.

Where to stay in Petaluma

Petaluma’s many comfortable hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts provide a range of price options and amenities for parents visiting their teen during treatment at Muir Wood. Here are a few popular options close to the Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services campuses.

Hotel Petaluma
205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA
(707) 559-3393
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Sheraton Sonoma County
Baywood Drive, Sonoma, CA
(707) 283-2888
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Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma
Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA
(707) 584-5466
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Panama Hotel & Restaurant
4 Bayview Street, San Rafael, CA
(415) 457-3993
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